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The Legend of Strong Dick April 6, 2009

Posted by jorkat in Seoul.

Don’t be alarmed by the title. This post is suitable for all ages. I think.

We started a tradition a few weeks ago. Part of it was intentional and the rest was a glorious coincidence.

A few of our fellow teachers told us about a trivia night that a predominantly western bar in Itaewon holds once a week. Itaewon is known for being home to the US Army base and to Dan Suranyi for 4 years while he was in high school. The place is crawling with foreigners and obviously caters to this demographic with everything from American restaurants to cheap suits and counterfeit merchandise. This is also the place where Mullin found the jersey store which we visited within days of arriving in Korea. Any counterfeit major sports jersey for approx. $25.

img_5673Back to trivia. So every Thursday evening, this bar which is jointly owned by a Canadian and a Kiwi holds a team trivia contest with four random categories. There’s 10 questions per category and you can have as many people on your team as you like. Cell phones are also strictly prohibited so no one calls a friend sitting at home on the internet. It’s pretty competitive with a fairly regular crowd and a waiting list just to get a decent table. Our friends have been going every week for awhile and have only won a couple times. First prize is…wait for it…3 pitchers of beer. They also have the occasional random bonus question for a free beer which I won a couple weeks ago for knowing who Lou Gehrig replaced to play first base on the New York Yankees. None other than the immortal Wally Pip. If you know the answer, you have to run up to the front of the bar. Needless to say, no one else moved.

On our way to our first trivia night, our friend Kirsten told us about a pita place nearby where we could grab a quick bite as we hadn’t had dinner yet. It was just like pita pit only better because it was so unassuming and unexpected. We made a pact that trivia Thursdays would always start with a pita.

After our first night of trivia we were about to leave when fate intervened and the winning table donated one of their pitchers to our table. At this point, I informed Katie and Kirsten that we were no longer leaving and that I was going to play pool, drink some free beer and then buy some more. Over 2 hours after we had originally planned on leaving, we exited the bar and hailed a cab.

Our lives would be forever changed.

Enter Strong Dick.

The cab ride started off normal enough. The driver noticed that we spoke english and joined the conversation. I don’t remember what we were talking about, but I remember being impressed by his english and that the conversation was brief as he decided to crank my favourite Eminem song and roll down the windows. We rocked out to “Without Me” the rest of the way home in what was arguably one of the greatest cab rides home from the bar. This is when the story gets good.

As we’re exciting the cab, he hands each one of us his business card.


As you may recall from one of my previous posts, some Koreans are known to adopt an english name. Some of them are assigned and some of them make up their own. This guy chose Strong Dick.

After getting over the initial shock and the laughter had subsided I thanked him again for the ride and told him we’d call him next Thursday. We had a good laugh about it with the other teachers at school the next day and hung his card on our fridge thinking we’d never see him again.

A few days later Kirsten was telling one of her friends about our experience when the friend cut her off mid-sentence and said “Let me guess – Strong Dick”. Apparently this guy is a legend around Itaewon and is known for his cheap cab rides, his loud music…and for selling Viagra. Could this story get any better?

Fast forward to next Thursday. As we’re walking out of trivia (we finished second and were awarded one free pitcher) I jokingly start yelling out “Strong Dick!!!    Strong Dick!!!   We need you!!!” We were about to jump into a cab when fate intervened once again and Katie decided that she wanted some McDonald’s french fries. It was just down the street so we decided to walk on over. Keep in mind that Itaewon is swarming with cabs around this time, especially along the main strip where we were. I’m talking about hundreds and hundreds of cabs. As we approach the McDonald’s, we overhear a guy say to the cab driver parked out front “You’re the man Strong Dick!” We lost our minds. It was him. Turns out that Strong Dick had agreed to wait for this guy to go inside and get some food so he could get a ride home with his favourite cab driver. We pleaded with Strong Dick and the guy to let us join them and both were more than willing to oblige.

We got our ride home with Strong Dick for the second straight week. Pita. Trivia. Strong Dick. It was like clockwork.

So this past Thursday marked the third straight week of Trivia. I was feeling under the weather and opted to stay home and write a novel about Tiger Woods while Katie, Kirsten and a few other teachers made the trek to trivia.

I insisted that Katie bring 2 things. His card and our camera. Sure enough she called him at the end of the night and here’s how the conversation went:

Strong Dick: “Hello!”

Katie: “Strong Dick?”

Strong Dick: “Wassssup?”

Katie: “Hi, it’s Katie. Can you pick us up at the Hamilton Hotel?”

Strong Dick: “No problem, I’ll be there in 10 minutes.”

Katie: “Ok, we’ll be waiting. See you soon.”

So just to recap, we’ve befriended a black market Viagra salesmen who drives a cab, listens to hip hop and calls himself Strong Dick.





1. Kasia Fink - April 7, 2009

That. Is. Awesome. Are you sure you want Katie running around town with this guy when you’re not around though? What if she runs into some of his, uh, customers?

2. Kelly Taylor - April 7, 2009

That is a trully awesome story I love it. Keep the posts coming you have made my Monday after reading this

3. Dyson - April 7, 2009

Your cabbie looks eerily like Begin…

4. Sean - April 7, 2009

Awesome post!!!! Great video!

5. M Squared - April 8, 2009

Recap was just enough – thank you team Korea.

6. Danner - April 8, 2009

Jordan – If nothing else you should go into Comedy or write a book or work for a radio station or have your own column in a newspaper! This is so funny! I love your stories!!! keep em coming… .hahha. This and Nanners’ Rambles totally makes my day.

Miss you both!! xo

7. Tim - April 8, 2009

Remember my “00” Griswold Blackhawk’s jersey!

8. Anthony - April 9, 2009

Hey what were the shops name or number?
Im going back in May!
Email me at datkmtart@yahoo.com

9. Corrina & Matthew - April 9, 2009

Oh Jordan & Katie …. I am DYING! Too much fun you guys are having! LONG LIVE STRONG DICK! Bahahahahaha!!!!!!!

10. Dyson - April 9, 2009

Send pictures of the missiles you’ve been firing.

11. Chris - April 10, 2009

Jordan…my boring down time is never boring anymore thanks to the Asian Odyssey…I think there’s a niche market in Montreal for somone like Strong Dick – you might want to think about it for when you get back!!!

12. Nanners - April 11, 2009

I wish they had more strong dicks in Toronto.

13. Tiger Woods - April 12, 2009

I’m 7 back. F*ck

14. Chelsea - April 14, 2009

Greatest Story Ever.

15. Lyle - April 13, 2009 - April 14, 2009

Jordan…A great story…always knew you had a way with many words – especially when it came to “Pink Elephants” in days gone by:

16. Danielle - April 17, 2009

OMG, way to funny, I must say when I saw the title of this one I was very intrigued! You guys are having way to much fun, if it isn’t singing in public to all hours of the night, it’s trivia and crazy cab rides.
Keep them coming!!! Miss ya’s

17. Josh - November 22, 2009

I too know this wild Orient of a man called “Strong Dick” I was stationed in Seoul Korea for 2 1/2 years and Strong Dick always hearkened to the call when we needed him. I still have his business card. One time he kicked someone out of his cab just to give us a ride back to post. He is truly the greatest cab driver of all time and I will let his legend live on forever.


18. Shane - November 22, 2009

Strong Dick was the best! My friends and I would always find him in the most random places in Seoul and hop in his cab. The first time I rode with him I thought we were going to crash for sure. He always plays the same songs every time you ride with him too. I think that is his only cassette tape lol.

19. Corinne - November 22, 2009

I miss this guy… He would kick people out of his cab to take 8 of us to Ietawon… He would go through alleys and ram people out of the road so he could get buy. He would also give my brother a ride anywhere and give him a gin/tonic… Those days in SoKo was the best!

20. Pete - November 23, 2009

You are correct. This man is a legend! He not only can find you Viagra but plenty of other things if you are so inclined… Keep this man employed and remember to tip well! The original LEGEND if you ask me.

21. Sadie - November 23, 2009

i think strong dick has the same 5 out dated songs that he plays over and over!

22. Angie - January 12, 2010

Hey can you tell me where in Itaewon that jersey store is? My email’s: angie_102015@hotmail.com

23. D. - January 25, 2013

Back in 2002 we ran into this cat in the red light district of Seoul. He was a character then too. Wasnt shy about his “other” business either.
The man, the myth, the legend!

24. Bryan Wiitala - August 10, 2014

Strong Dick is the man, and he will pick you up anywhere in Seoul at any tme.

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26. Tony - June 28, 2015

I was stationed at Yongsan back in 2002, Strong Dick helped us navigate through so many drunken adventures. Including me and him hitting the depths of Seoul a couple times. Glad I stumbled upon this article!!!

27. Patrick Wolf - May 9, 2020

This makes me so happy to read and im so glad you posted a picture of him, i almost forgot what he looked like. I too have one of his buisness cards still floating around somewhere from when i was stationed at Yongsan base in ’08. I miss that guy and his amazing rides. My first encounter with him was when some fellow soldiers introduced me and and I said “Your name is strong dick!?” And he enthusiastically replied “Wassap mudda fucka?” Lmao

28. Amy Park - November 16, 2020

Omg!! I was stationed at yongsan in 2002. Strong dick took my friends an I on an unforgettable first short trip from the gate to hooker hill!! On the way there he decided to take the back alleys. He was an excellent driver but scared the living shit out of Us. Lol!! He drove down the alleys so fast just missing the pedestrians and bike riders. We though we were gonna crash or he was gonna run someone over!! He came to an abrupt stop at the bottom of hooker hill and handed us his card. He said I’m strong dick, call me when you ready to go back to base! Whenever we could we would get a ride from him. One time my friend dropped his wallet in the back seat. Strong Dick brought the wallet to the gate. That guy will always be a legend! I wonder if he is still driving??

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